Hosting the Christmas Lunch can be a little stressful. However, getting organised early will ensure a day of ease! And there’s no reason you can’t have a little fun and get creative while you do it. From a decadent table setting and christmas themed sweets to DIY decorations! Here are our tips for creating the perfect Chrissy lunch.

Set a theme

The first step to creating the perfect Chrissy lunch is setting a theme. Choosing a theme will help with all of your next decisions. What colour napkins to use, the decorations you set out and even what’s on the menu!

Set the table like an expert

After a quick browse of “Christmas table settings” on Pinterest, you’ll be full of ideas in no time. Lay out a red table runner and placemats, top with white plates and gold cutlery and you’ll have your base. Build it up by adding some greenery and candles to the table runner. TK Maxx, Target, Big W and even Aldi (Please link these stores to their url) have some great table settings that can set a very stylish Christmas theme.

Really get in the spirit by setting out some bonbons for guests to have fun with.

DIY

Get crafty with the bonbons you set on the table! There are plenty of tutorials out there giving a step by step rundown of how to make them. You can find plenty of cheap goodies to hide inside them from Dollar Time, Reject Shop and Smart Dollar. (Please link these stores to their url)

If you’re feeling creative, you could even make your own Christmas cards. Pick up stationary supplies from Warrawong Newsagency(Please link these stores to their url), Big W or Target.

Plan the menu

Having the menu planned well in advance ensures you’ll be able to shop for the ingredients ahead of time. Also making sure you won't miss out on the popular items that usually sell out. You might want to have a summer Christmas full of seafood and salads, or you may want to go with traditional turkey and warm side dishes.

If you have left it until last minute, don’t stress because Country Grocer will be open nice and early, 5am on the weekend before Christmas. Plus Coles, Aldi, Fish Feast and other major retailers will have extended trading hours in the lead up to Christmas.

Don’t forget the drinks

With all of this concentration on the food, make sure you don’t forget the drinks! Think about who’ll be attending the lunch. Will there be kids? Is it an all adults lunch? Be sure to have non-alcoholic options as well as kid friendly juices.

Shop for your drinks at Liquorland as well as our supermarkets.

Think about a platter

Keep your guests from feeling hungry with a delicious platter full of cheeses, cold meats, fruit and tasty dips. ‘Platter like a pro’ with an insta-worthy spread you’re guests can lust over while you’re preparing the Chrissy lunch.

Pick your platter delights at our fresh food retailers.

Christmas inspired biscuits

Get creative and wow the kids with cute Christmas biscuits shaped in snowflakes, christmas trees or even reindeer. There are hundreds of recipes to choose from online to help you perfect these tasty treats.

Select your ingredients from our fresh food retailers. Target also have a great selection of cookie cutters to help you make your Christmas biscuits.

To make shopping for your Christmas lunch easier, Warrawong Plaza has extended trading hours over the Christmas period.

12 Days of Christmas

Don't forget to take advantage of our 12 days of Christmas giveaway.  We are spreading some Christmas cheer with random acts of kindness by handing out gifts to our loyal shoppers.  From Thurs 13th Dec - Mon 24th Dec from 10am - 2pm, we have Hoyts gift vouchers, jewellery, fresh food hampers, Warrawong Plaza gift vouchers and much more up for grabs.  Looking out for our friendly Christmas staff and grab yourself something special from us. 

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